We all know and love cashmere, but we have just one problem with the luxe material: If the yarn isn’t high quality, it will pill instantly. Since we’d rather spend our free time wearing sweaters instead of attacking them with a cashmere comb, we set out to find the best brands that resist showing wear and tear, no matter how many outfits you get out of them. Here are the five best cashmere sweaters, according to real women who have put these knits through the wringer (aka everyday life).
1. Everlane Cashmere Square Turtleneck
“This sweater is totally worth the over-$150 price tag. I probably wear it at least twice a week in the winter and never have issues with pilling. I make sure to hand-wash it at home, and it keeps its shape like it’s brand-new.” —Katherine G.
2. Banana Republic Cashmere Cable-Sleeve Sweater
“I’m seriously obsessed with this turtleneck from Banana Republic. It’s the perfect layering piece and it never fails to keep me warm and cozy in the frigid NYC temps. Plus, it hasn’t shown any signs of wear in the three years I’ve owned it.” —Angie M.
3. State Cashmere Ribbed Crewneck Sweater
“My sister bought me this sweater for Christmas, and I’ve worn it approximately 20 times since then. It’s buttery soft, it’s the perfect weight for L.A. winters, the cuffs haven’t stretched out (a huge pet peeve of mine) and it hasn’t pilled one bit—even though I’ve worn it nearly every day in some capacity or another.” —Kelsey L.
4. Naadam Essential Cashmere Sweater
“This cashmere rivals that of a $400 sweater (and you can trust me—I own both). I’ve had this particular one for almost two years and it has remained supremely soft with hardly any signs of wear and tear. The best part of all? It’s just $75.” —Angela P.
5. Frances Austen Lantern-Sleeve Sweater
“This is probably the priciest cashmere sweater I own, but the quality is second to none. It’s thick but still fits under a coat, the cut is feminine and it doesn’t show a single ounce of wear—even after two winters on constant rotation. If cashmere is your vice, I highly recommend purchasing one of these Frances Austen knits. It’s so worth it.” —Brianna L.
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